Friday, February 4, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host was Alison Smith.
It's Friday, February 4th.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper surprised many people this week by announcing his upcoming trip to the White House on Twitter, which limits posts to 140 characters.
Currently, they were surprised, because it's rare for Harper to be so communicative.
This is The Current.
Egypt Crackdown - Hisham Kassem
Today began with peaceful protest in Cairo. After Friday prayers, Tahrir Square is once again teeming with people. The army is there too. And for a time, even the Defence Minister was in the square.
The military has cordoned off the area with tanks and barbed wire and with that strong military presence hopes to preserve order. And indeed for now there is relative calm.
We reached journalist, Hisham Kassem. He is the founding publisher of the Cairo Times and he was also chairman of the Egypt Organization of Human Rights. He was in Cairo.
Egypt Crackdown - Claudio Cordone
The events unfolding today in the heart of Cairo....follow a day of chaos and violence. Human rights workers and journalists were among those rounded up, and roughed up and detained. Pro-Mubarak demonstraters attacked them in the streets.
The Current's own Heba Ali is in Cairo and while Tahrir Square is calm today... we aired heard from her with what her day looked like yesterday upon her arrival in the city.
Human rights workers are also being targeted by Egyptian authorities. Yesterday, military police stormed the offices of The Hisham Mubarak Human Rights and Law Centre and arrested 30 people. Asmaa Ali is a volunteer with the Centre. She was headed back to the office after delivering medical supplies to protesters in Tahrir Square, when she got a call. It was her office, warning her the military was there - and to not come back.
Two representatives from Amnesty International were among the 30 people who were detained yesterday. Claudio Cordone is a Senior Director with Amnesty. He's a specialist on Egypt and the region. He was in London, England.
Update: CBC Journalists Released
Three CBC journalists have been released in Cairo after being detained. Reporter Susan Ormiston, Producer Erin Boudreau and Cameraman Richard Devey were stopped by authorities this morning. They are in good condition.